Featured Product of the Month: Pokoloko Shawls and Cardigans

The weather cooled down quickly this fall and in the spirit of staying warm, our featured product for October are our amazing and cozy Pokoloko shawls and cardigans. You may know Pokoloko best from their awesome Turkish Towel range. However, the Pokoloko brand also makes exceptional clothing and accessories, which are fantastic this time of year.

We have an amazing selection in store of various cuts and styles of these cozy Pokoloko products, as well as a selection on our online shop.

Stop by the store or visit us at our online store to check out our inventory.

 

Kelly’s Christmas Open House

Usually, this is about the time of year when we tell you to save the date for our annual Christmas Open House.

We love all the treats, trees, decorations, contests and everything that comes with the countdown to Christmas. At the moment, we are still working out some of the occupancy logistics for Christmas at Kelly’s, to make sure that it’s a safe and fun event for everyone. Until then, we do want to give you some good news to tie you over.

For 2020, we’ll be continuing our annual Countdown to Christmas Giveaways! So look out on Facebook and Instagram for details on how to enter.

For all the details on our full Open house plans, stay tuned to our Facebook and Instagram profiles, where we’ll be announcing the dates, times and protocols we will be following, closer to the event.

Exciting News from Fleurs De Villes

If you remember back in 2017 and 2018, Kelly’s had to opportunity to participate in an unbelievable floral design competition; Fleurs De Villes.

This amazing, international bespoke competition challenged florists to get creative as possible and design spectacular attire, using a mannequin, flowers, a florists arsenal of tools and an abundance creativity. In 2017 Kelly’s was proudly awarded the Florist Favourite Award and in 2018 the Fan Favourite Award, both at the Ottawa (Bayshore) Shows. While Fleurs De Villes hasn’t yet returned to Ottawa for their competition, we have received some exciting news. Kelly’s Flowers will be featured on their new website, along with our award-winning competition designs! 
 
The website will highlight florists who participated in the competition, and we look forward to seeing Kelly’s featured. In celebration of this, we hired an amazing photographer by the name is Mackenzie Fournier, to help capture our awesome team.
 
Stay tuned to the Kelly’s website, as well as the Fleurs De Ville website to see us there. In the meantime, here is a sneak peak of our photo shoot and our competition entries.

How to take care of your Fall Mums

Fall Mums are a pretty iconic plant during the autumn months. Our Florists have some tricks in their arsenal in order to make sure that your mums look stunning all season long.

  1. Make sure that your fall mums are getting at least 6 hours of sunlight a day.
  2. Don’t let your mums dry out. This trick is for both indoor and outdoor mums.
  3. Try your best to make sure that you don’t overwater your mums. Soggy soil can prevent them from flowering and cause root rot. What to watch for, is yellowing leaves that turn black and fall off.
  4. It is possible to have annual mums if they are planted in the spring or summer and have ample time to establish a good root system. They can stay in the ground during winter (especially with a layer of mulch for colder areas) if they are cut down to only a few inches above the soil. Potted mums should be brought inside and watered to just slightly moist during winter dormancy.
  5. Your final tip is that you should be sure to deadhead old blooms frequently. This help encourages new growth.

We hope you enjoy your amazing fall mums this season!

Loving Your Anthurium and Jasmine Plants

Known for its heart-shaped blooms, Anthurium is a hearty and beautiful plant that will thrive for years to come if cared for properly. These magnificent plants must be watered weekly, although they should be allowed to dry in between waterings. Yellowing leaves are telltale signs of over-watering. They thrive in high light but not direct sunlight. They need excellent drainage to avoid root rot and be sure to deadhead frequently to allow new blooms to grow and flourish. If the stems appear weak as they grow, feel free to use a stake to keep them upright and grow to their full potential.

 

Another plant we absolutely love this time of year is Jasmine, as it is one of the best plants to keep in your home for it’s herbal and healing properties. It is proven to reduce stress and tension and lessen the effects of depression. It has notably been used in historic medical treatments for liver disease and keeps the air clean and free of toxins.

These fragrant plants may require a bit of effort, but the results are well worth the work. Dwarf varieties of jasmine make excellent houseplants. They require even moisture and a sunny location in the home. Vines can also be brought into the home and the height is easy to manage with pruning or pinching in the dormant season. Potted plants do not have access to extra nutrients, so they need fertilizing twice annually. Your jasmine plant will flower in late spring into summer and provide the most intoxicating fragrance.

We carry both of these unique and amazing plants in a variety of sizes, call or stop by to find yours!

Time to Grow Again!

Have you ever thought of being a florist?

Do you have an artistic flair?

Do have a love for flowers?

Do you have the desire to work in a fast-paced environment?

Do you want a new career opportunity where you get to work with 8 awesome, empowering women?

We have a grant opportunity to send anyone between the ages of 20-30 to design school in Toronto. If this opportunity excites you, please visit us with a resume!

Kelly’s Flowers & Gift Boutique
17 Wilson St. East
Perth, Ontario

Tips and Tricks for Hearty Fall Mums

One of the most popular and well-known fall plants is the vivacious fall mum. Make sure your fall mums get at least 6 hours of sunlight and do not let them dry out, this goes for both garden mums and indoor pots as well. Take care not to over-water as soggy soil can prevent them from flowering and cause root rot. The biggest sign of over-watering is yellow leaves that turn black and fall off.
 
Keep mums evenly watered to ensure the best flowering. It is possible to have annual mums if they are planted in the spring or summer and have ample time to establish a good root system. They can stay in the ground during winter (especially with a layer of mulch for colder areas like ours) if they are cut down to only a few inches above the soil but potted mums should be brought inside and watered to just slightly moist during winter dormancy.
 
Be sure to deadhead old blooms frequently to encourage new growth and enjoy the beautiful, full look of these marvellous mums!

Garden Advice for Geraniums

Geraniums make decent houseplants if you can provide them with lots of bright light. They like a cool temperature, so even if you keep your thermostat low, they should be happy. However, they’ll start to look gangly and gawky if you don’t provide enough light. There are a few techniques for winterizing geraniums, with or without a pot.
 
To winterize your beloved geraniums in a dormant storage phase, dig up the entire plant before frost and gently shake the soil from the roots. Place the plants inside open paper bags or hang them upside-down from the rafters in a cool, dark location for the winter.
 
When saving geraniums for the winter in pots, dig up your geraniums and place them in a pot that can comfortably fit their rootball. Prune the geranium back by one-third. Water the pot thoroughly and place in a cool but well-lit part of your house.

Private Workshops

Kelly’s is excited to announce that we will now be offering private workshops of all kinds. We will teach you the key points of Floral Design and share our knowledge and resources to help you create a sensational piece. Perfect for bridal parties, birthdays or just a fun day with the girls.  Mothers and daughters, sisters and friends will all enjoy spending time together while creating something beautiful to take home.
 
Call us to discuss your private design workshop and get designing! 
 
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